2023 Year in Review

What a year! Thanks to our inspiring supporters and partners around the globe, 2023 has been full of joy, accomplishment and impact for communities in need around the world.

In 2023, we distributed 68,000 bicycles to help mobilize individuals in seven countries to pursue education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

Not only did your support help us reach a 🎉 milestone 750,000 bicycles 🎉, we also expanded into a new program country – Uganda!

In Uganda, we’re mirroring the same model we’ve used in Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. That includes a bicycle assembly facility, staff, mechanics and supervisory committees, as well as philanthropic programming and social enterprise opportunities. 

It’s been an epic ride, but we’re nowhere close to finished. We’re on a mission to provide 1 million Buffalo Bicycles and mobilize 5 million people by 2025. And then? The sky’s the limit.

Riders pushed their limits

Our amazing community around the globe used their talents to fundraise for World Bicycle Relief and support the Power of Bicycles. 

  • DJ JaBig was at it again – this time riding a solo expedition from the northernmost cyclable point in Europe to its southernmost tip. And, while riding from Norway to Spain, JabBig continued his mission to raise $1 million for World Bicycle Relief!
  • Cyclists Ryan Torres and Leo Tenenblat (pictured) embarked on an expedition to bike over 500 miles across the Atacama desert, into the Andes mountains, and up the 22,615-foot Ojos del Salado volcano.
  • Ultra endurance athlete Jonas Deichmann recently crossed the United States twice – cycling from New York to Los Angeles, then running back, covering 11,000 km unsupported, to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief.
  • Jamie Aarons took on climbing all 282 munros in Scotland, cycling, kayaking, running, walking and crawling between them – the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 16 times – all the while raising £22,000 for World Bicycle Relief.
  • Longtime supporter Peter Galbavy was our top Pedal to Empower fundraiser this year, leveraging support from the Dell community in Slovakia.
  • Moona and Chad, a young couple from Finland and South Africa embarked on an extraordinary journey: cycling across the European continent without any external assistance. Their mission: to empower people through the transformative power of bicycles.

We Stepped Onto A Global Stage

World Bicycle Relief was named the global charity partner for this year’s UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland. Highlighting the incredible #powerofthebike, world champion athletes Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Kate Courtney, and Evie Richards showed that whether its an athlete racing for the podium or a student racing for her education, bicycles are a powerful tool for empowerment. 

You Pedaled to Empower

Our global community came together, supported by partners Backroads, Quadlock, and SCOTT Sports, for the 4th annual Pedal to Empower movement. More than 6,200 people around the world came together to empower women and girls to break down barriers with bikes. Supporters and fundraisers raised $825,000 to transform communities. 

Events took your support to another level

We love when our partners and supporters combine impact and a little bit of fun with events meant to highlight the vital role of bicycles. 

  • In its 5th year, The 11 Gran Fondo raised a record CAD 922,000, continuing with its tradition of being a key high-impact event in support of World Bicycle Relief.
  • Giant Group’s annual Ride Like King 15 (above) set record numbers this year, with over 3,000 individuals from 75 countries helping support a 500-bike donation to World Bicycle Relief as part of their “500 for 500” distance challenge.
  • The 10th edition of the annual Techbikers Germany ride was a success – and helped  make the total over this decade of support hit EUR 600k. 
  • Our own Stefanie Burkert was one of 500 international speakers at the IAA Conference to provide a specific perspective on the future of mobility.

You Partnered With us for Change

Across the globe, our dedicated partners are helping us generate deeper impact in the areas where we work and support more communities moving forward with life-changing bicycles.

  • Our partnership with citizenM reached a 5-year milestone! This year, citizenM’s unwavering support has been instrumental in the success of our Mobilized Communities program in Malawi.
  • Troy Lee Designs leveraged their popular A1 Helmet to support World Bicycle Relief by donating. $10 for every Red/Black A1 helmet sold. 
  • Year over year, Radeln und Helfen e.V., a group of dedicated ultra-endurance cyclists, masters seemingly impossible bike challenges to raise funds for those who need it most. They’ve raised more than €75K and their enthusiasm isn’t slowing down anytime soon!
  • Randstad is an invaluable supporter of World Bicycle Relief, whose continued belief in our cause empowers us to achieve monumental strides in our mission.
  • The Intrepid Foundation launched the Intrepid Buffalo Bicycle Ride, donating on behalf of all travelers taking part in their cycling adventures around the globe. 
  • In its third year running, Trek is mobilizing their global community through its holiday campaign to help raise $1M for World Bicycle Relief’s programs. 
  • Committed to giving back to communities and supporting those who are less fortunate, Ikano Group challenged its employees and partners to cycle and donate in support of World Bicycle Relief. With their collective efforts, Ikano Group raised almost €50K to empower people with bicycles.
  • The Rapha Foundation continues to empower and uplift communities in need through our Mobilized Communities program.

A spotlight shone on mobility

  • On the BBC World News’ The Conversation, world champion cyclist Lizzie Deignan and our own Alisha Myers discuss how a bicycle can change a woman’s life.
  • In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Invisible Rural Access Barrier, highlights how improving access to roads and transportation is a prerequisite to unlocking better health, education, and economic outcomes.
  • In June, Radio 4 listeners tuned in to listen to Maxine Peake’s powerful BBC broadcast on behalf of World Bicycle Relief, which has raised over £72,133 (and counting!) 

We're not finished yet!

The Buffalo Bicycle isn’t a bike – it’s a life-changer. Our new campaign highlights how people everywhere are innovating with the Buffalo Bicycle to change their world. Will YOU be the catalyst we need to reach our goal? Help us empower 11,000 more people around the world with bicycles by Dec. 31st!

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